Project Concept

HORIZON-STE is a Horizon2020 funded project aiming at supporting the Implementation of the Initiative for Global Leadership in Solar Thermal Electricity (STE), also known as Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), which was launched by the European Commission and adopted within the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) of the European Commission.


For more than a decade, Europe’s Solar Thermal Electricity sector has become a worldwide technology leader. But the further deployment has been hindered in Europe since 2013 mostly due to retroactive changes in the investment conditions in Spain. To unlock this situation, the European Commission has launched a dedicated Initiative – Initiative for Global Leadership in Concentrated Solar Power focusing on 2 targets: a cost reduction target and an innovation target, in order to keep STE/CSP’s global technology leadership and rebuild a home market in Europe.